How can design and technology advance excellence in care and cure?
In order to provide high-quality patient care, Stand for Quality requires well-trained and motivated healthcare professionals. One of our main priorities is, therefore, to provide staff with a high quality work situation. This includes aspects like state-of-the-art technological support in treatment and diagnosis, excellent teamwork and life-long learning. The focus will be on fostering the technical clinical skills of staff as well as their nontechnical skills, such as decision-making, task management, and cooperation.
How can design and technology foster the development of young patients in their different life-stages?
In development-based care, the normal age-related needs of children are embraced in addition to the needs arising from the illness or treatment side effects. In each life-stage, certain needs must be met in order to safeguard normal age-related development. This includes aspects like parental bonding, nutritional needs, levels of physical activity, group activities and play. The relationship between family and friends is crucial in all stages. Therefore family and friends of young patients should participate throughout the treatment process; this has been found to result in better clinical outcomes and fewer medical mistakes.
This is an open invitation to industry and academic partners who are interested in participating in the fields of healthcare, design, services, and engineering. Please learn more about the Design Innovation for Healthcare initiative and the accompanying projects by reading through the website.
For a bundled version of the general information on the initiative, click on the picture below to open the folder. If you would like more information on the Design Innovation for Healthcare initiative or on a specific topic within this program, please take a look at the People page for further contact details.
Our aim is to advance the quality of patient care by creating healthcare innovations and developing scientific knowledge in which design and technology play a central role. Topics will include intelligent environments that adapt to the changing needs of children with cancer and their families, as well as new products and services that advance excellence.